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MS Am 2354

Paton, James Morton, 1863-1944. James Morton Paton papers, 1885: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2354
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Paton, James Morton, 1863-1944.
Title: James Morton Paton papers,
Date(s): 1885 and undated.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: Notes and papers, mainly in the field of Medieval and Renaissance studies of Harvard University graduate and classics professor James Morton Paton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

50M-541. Deposited by Miss Lucy A. Paton, Hotel Vendome, Boston 16, Massachusetts; received: 1951 June. [Lucy Paton was the sister of James Morton Paton].
See curatorial file for additional letters concerning acquisition of this collection, especially regarding opinions of William C. Greene, Stephen B. Luce, Sterling Dow, Kenneth Setton, and Glanville Downey.

Processing Information:

This material is only partially processed.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Morton Paton Papers, 1885 (MS Am 2354). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

James Morton Paton was born in the city of New York in 1863. He attended New York University from 1879 to 1883 and received his A.B. degree in 1883. Paton attended Harvard University from 1883 to 1887 (receiving an A.B. from Harvard in 1884), studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and was a Rogers fellow of Harvard from 1892 to 1893. He received his Ph.D. from Bonn University in 1894. In 1906, he was a student of classical archaeology in Europe.
Paton was a Morton Professor of Latin and French at Middlebury College, Vermont from 1887 to 1891. He became an instructor of Greek at Wesleyan University, Connecticut from 1895 to 1897, and an associate professor from 1895 to 1905. He was managing editor of the American Journal of Archeology from 1906 to 1908, and editor-in-chief from 1917 to 1920. He died in 1944.


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Scope and Contents

Notes and papers, mainly in the field of Medieval and Renaissance studies, including autograph manuscript versions of Alcibiades in Aristophanes and Terra cotta reliefs from Argos. Much of this material is allied to Paton's studies, Mediaeval and Renaissance visitors to Greek lands, and The Venetians in Athens, 1687-1688. Much of the material deals with the study of commercial relations between France and Athens in the Morosini period (late 17th and some of 18th centuries), the development of consular service in its present form in Europe, and the manuscripts of Cyriac of Ancona in the mid-1400s. The original material used in these studies is not part of this collection.

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